Frequency Coordination: The FCC amended Section 90.175 so that frequency coordination is no longer required for applications that propose to (1) only reduce authorized bandwidth while remaining on the original center frequencies, and do not seek any other changes in technical parameters; (2) lower antenna height or decrease power; or (3) convert a CMRS license to PLMR operations.Mobile Repeaters: The FCC amended Section 90.427(b) to eliminate the restriction that, for frequencies below 450 MHz in the Industrial/Business pool, only low-power frequencies (where power is limited to two watts) may be assigned for use by mobile repeaters and associated hand-held units, when separate frequencies are assigned for that purpose. As defined in Section 90.7, a mobile repeater is a mobile station authorized to retransmit automatically, on a mobile service frequency, communications to or from hand-held transmitters. Such transmitters and mobile repeaters still must comply … [Read more...] about FCC Adopts New Mobile Radio Rules, Seeks Comment on Additional Changes
Adopting new technology in business
Thomas Martin: We specialize in investing in software and services businesses in North America and Europe and have made several investments in select verticals, one being legal technology. We typically differentiate ourselves through software knowledge, sector knowledge and the network we have built within a sector. That gives us the advantage to pick great companies to which we think we can deliver the greatest impact to drive value going forward. Our current investments in the legal technology space includes Litera Microsystems, which we acquired in May 2019 and Workshare, which we acquired earlier this month, Mitratech, which is in the matter management space, and a company focused on insolvency lawyers in Germany called STP. The companies we like have strong sector positions, a very healthy and loyal customer base, a differentiated product offering, and strong financial metrics, which means high recurring revenue, decent growth, profitability and low churn. … [Read more...] about Private equity and the rapid pace of change in legal technology
On March 18, 2016, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 experienced a near miss with an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) while approaching LAX, 14 miles east of the airport at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The drone flew 200 feet over the airliner, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. This is the latest in many such incidents, including the widely-covered interference with California aerial firefighting tankers last year, causing grounding effort for a time. According to the L.A. Times, there have been 200 reported cases of close encounters involving drones and aircraft in California alone since 2014 and nearly 650 nation-wide. … [Read more...] about Will New Technology, Legislation Help Drones and Airplanes Share the Sky?
Another way to pursue change, once the firm leadership is on board, is to use the firm’s structure by practice group as an advantage. Vogl suggests having individual practice groups adopt new technologies and procedures first to demonstrate their benefits. Firm-wide change is difficult, so starting with one practice group can make the change more palatable. Vogl says, “To create firm-wide change, you need to market the change internally to the firm. Do events, create materials, educate the rest of the firm about how it works, and how it has worked for early adopters, and celebrate successes.” A final piece of the puzzle for the marketer comes after the change has been implemented. Once the firm has made the changes and is delivering what the client wants, Vogl suggests the marketer “project those changes to the outside world to make a compelling story for other, prospective clients.” … [Read more...] about Spearheading Technological Change and Innovation: The Role of the Legal Marketer
Healthcare is on the leading edge of science, applying new technology to the cure and treatment of diseases. Gene therapy, nanotechnology, and personalized medicine are all actively exploited to bring new and exciting advances in healthcare. While healthcare is technologically advanced, in many ways the business models of healthcare companies have been slower to evolve. For example, the distribution of medical services is still largely mired in the traditional models that have existed for decades. The distribution of medical services is still, for the most part, a local affair, and largely dependent upon the regional availability of such services. By contrast, consumers of household goods are capable of shopping on a global scale, taking advantage of companies such as Amazon.com to obtain economies of scale and access to goods produced in every part of the world. Entertainment is now streamed digitally, allowing for instantaneous delivery of music, software and movies. … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Regulatory Constraints of Business Models